MARANATHA! THE MASTER IS COMING SOON!
Warm greetings in Y’shua’s exalted
Name - the Name above all names.
Perilous times are here,
Filling men’s hearts with
Freedoms we all hold dear,
now are at stake.
The Coming of the Lord draws
The countdown’s getting
lower every day!
If Y’shua, Jesus, is our Saviour,
we are not as those who are perishing - without hope. We have confident
expectation, and therefore we can rejoice!
Now before we look around at what
is going on, I want to encourage you with this passage from the apostle
Peter. He writes about a
And “hope” in the Bible
is not “hope so.” It is a firm “confident expectation.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Master, Y’shua Messiah, who, by
His great mercy, has caused us, through the resurrection of Y’shua the
Messiah from the dead, to be born again into a living hope, into an
inheritance which can never perish, or be corrupted, or fade away,
that is kept safe in heaven for you, and for all who,
through faith, are being protected by the power of El Shaddai,
Almighty God until the coming of the deliverance that is
ready to be revealed in the last time.
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, you
have been distressed by various trials, that the proving of your faith -
which is more precious than gold that perishes, though
tested by fire - may be found to result in praise, glory and
honour at the revelation of Y’shua the Messiah; and though you have not
seen Him, you love Him; and while not seeing Him at present, yet
believing in Him, you rejoice with joy inexpressible, and are
filled with the Sh’khinah glory, obtaining the goal of
your faith - the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9)
So dear believer, be encouraged,
and filled with confidence expectation.
“Do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward; for you
have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you
may receive the promise. For in just a very little while, the One who
is coming WILL COME, AND HE WILL NOT DELAY.” (Hebrews
In this issue I want to share and
report on …
* THE APOSTASY IN THE
* CASES OF PERSECUTION
AROUND THE WORLD
* AN UPDATE ON THE
MIDDLE EAST UPHEAVALS
* IRAN’S RAPID NUCLEAR
* THE PALESTINIAN U.N.
* THE INCREASING
DANGERS CONFRONTING ISRAEL
* PALESTINIANS AND
ISRAEL BOTH PREPARE FOR WAR FOLLOWING THE UN VOTE IN SEPTEMBER
May God bless you. Your brother, Don
CHRISTIANS, JEWS, MUSLIMS PLAN SHARED WORSHIP
“Let no one deceive you in any way, for that Day will not come unless
the apostasy, (the predicted
falling away from the faith), comes first.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
Last May, religious and human
rights activists were asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and
Muslim clergy in June, to their sanctuaries to read from sacred texts,
in an initiative designed to counter anti-Muslim bigotry.
The June 26 initiative, called
Uniting in Prayer and Understanding,”
was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First.
Leaders of the two Washington-based groups said the event hopes to
demonstrate respect for Islam in the wake of Quran burnings in recent
“As a Christian minister who is a
pastor in a local congregation, it is important to me for our nation and
our world to know that not all Christians promote hate, attack religions
different from their own, and seek to desecrate the scripture of
others,” the Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance,
More than 50 churches in 26 states
already have committed to the initiative, including the Washington
National Cathedral. - Pulpit pals
There is now a GROWING movement in
the US and UK called
is not The Way!!
Reach out to Muslims with
the Gospel, YES!
Join in an ungodly
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of
death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
This next item is an example of
this “ecumenical” amalgamation.
INTERFAITH SERVICE AT ST. JOHN’S
On Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m., the
sounds of the adhan - the Muslim call to prayer - will ring out in St.
John’s Episcopal Church Montclair, New Jersey, USA.
While there’s no minaret at the
church, the words of “Allahu akbar,” (God is greater) will
none-the-less invite both Christians and Muslims to worship side by
side. During the interfaith service, verses from the Holy Quran will
complement readings from the Holy Bible, including during Communion,
embracing the traditions of both religions.
The Rector of St.
John’s parish decided to have this service in order to demonstrate that
both Islam and Christianity stem from Abrahamic roots, as well as to
dispel negative stereotypes about the Muslim faith.
“I’ve grown concerned about the
demonization of Muslims. I want Montclair to develop an understanding of
the religion.” he stated. “We are trying to find ways to blend our
community through religion. It’s hard, but we can accomplish it through
this organic event and working together through outreach and other
ministries of compassion.”
This interfaith service isn’t only
trying to blend religions; it is also a way to invite the public to
visit St. John’s Episcopal Church.
SHARED ACROSS AMERICA!
Sunday June 26th was not an
ordinary Sunday in churches and places of worship all over the country.
Participating in a project of
Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First, called,
Faith Shared: Uniting in Prayer and
of houses of worship held interfaith services highlighting the shared
values and common history of the three “Abrahamic faiths,” Christianity,
Islam, and Judaism.
The project was very successful.
Congregations in 34 States and the District of Columbia, and 70
congregations, participated from California to Iowa to the National
Cathedral in Washington D.C.
In a time when inflammatory
anti-Muslim rhetoric and outright bigotry are common and interfaith
dialogue is not always as newsworthy, Faith Shared was an amazing
opportunity to create an open and accepting conversation about religious
differences and similarities both nationally and in local communities.
THE DEAD AND DYING
AGEING CHURCH OF ENGLAND ‘WILL BE DEAD IN 20 YEARS’
This is very sad, especially if we
remember that great Anglican reformers died at the stake for the faith.
JULY 12/11. The average age of its
members is now 61, and by 2020 a “crisis” of “natural wastage” will lead
to their numbers falling “through the floor,” the Church’s national
assembly was told.
In the past 40 years, the number
of adult churchgoers has halved, while the number of children attending
regular worship has declined by about 80 percent.
The Rev Dr Patrick Richmond, a
Synod member from Norwich, told the meeting that some projections
suggested that the Church would no longer be “functionally extant” in 20
Andreas Whittam Smith, the first
Church Estates Commissioner, who leads the Church’s £5.3
billion investment fund,
said the demographic “time bomb” for Anglicans should be seen as “a
crisis”. “One of our problems may be that decline is so slow and
imperceptible that we don’t really see it coming clearly enough,” he
said. - www.telegraph.co.uk
Many other churches
are also dying. Many are dead already. It’s the Church of Sardis in the
Y’SHUA’S MESSAGE TO
“And to the messenger of the
assembly in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the
seven stars, declares these matters: ‘I know your works, that you have a
name that you are alive, but you are dead.
Wake up, and strengthen the things
that remain and are about to die; for I have not found your deeds
completed before God. Remember, then what you have received and heard;
and keep it, and repent. But if you will not wake up, I will come
like a thief, and you will have no idea as to the hour I will come upon
you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and
they will walk with Me dressed in white; for they are worthy. He
who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase
his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name
before My Father, and before His angelic messengers.’ He who has
an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.’” (Rev.
CHRISTIANS MARTYRED EACH YEAR
JUNE 2011. An international
interfaith conference has revealed that 105,000 Christians are being
killed every year simply because of their faith.
The shocking figures revealed at
the “International Conference on Inter-religious dialogue between
Christians, Jews and Muslims,” held in Hungary, show that one Christian
is killed every
five minutes somewhere in
the world because of their faith.
These figures did not include the
victims of civil wars, or wars between nations, but only the people put
to death because they are Christians.
Freedom of religion under threat
Five years ago Nepal abolished
Hinduism as the state religion. Now it is working on a criminal code
that would forbid a person of one faith to “convert a person, or abet
him to change his religion.” No-one will be allowed to do anything or
behave in any way that would cause a person to convert to a different
religion. The proposal would also prohibit conversion by “offering
inducements, or even without inducement.
Offenders could be imprisoned for
5 years and fined up to $700. If the offender is a foreigner, he will be
deported from Nepal after paying the same penalties.
Let’s pray that this
bill will fail in the parliament.
“Yahweh is mighty to
MIDDLE EAST UPDATES
BROTHERHOOD NOW LEGAL PARTY
JUNE 7/11. Egypt’s Muslim
Brotherhood’s political party, the
Freedom and Justice Party,
has been declared legal by
Cairo. “The commission on party affairs has given its approval for the
formation of the
The Muslim Brotherhood was
officially illegal but mostly tolerated during the rule of President
Hosni Mubarak. It was set up in 1928 and an official ban was imposed in
1954, over its suspected involvement in a series of political
assassinations in the 1950s, including an attempt on the life of Egypt’s
first republican president, Gamal Abdal Nasser.
As the best-organized political
movement in Egypt, the Brotherhood announced on April 30 the formation
of a “non-theocratic party” to contest up to half of parliament’s seats
in the coming election.
A SUPER-COALITION OF
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has
joined with 17 political parties to establish what they call a
pro-democracy platform for parliamentary elections originally scheduled
for September. The Muslim Brotherhood plans to compete for up to half
the seats in the parliamentary vote.
YOUTH SPLIT FROM MUSLIM
JULY 2/11. Islam Lotfy is a lawyer
who specializes in human rights cases and is also a member of a
that is made up of young Egyptian revolutionaries of various ideologies.
Lotfy has been an active member of
the Muslim Brotherhood. The young members of the coalition are united by
a single goal: ensuring Egypt’s transition to a civil democratic state.
More than four months after Mubarak was forced from office in mass
uprisings that erupted on January 25, Lotfy and other young Muslim
Brotherhood members say they are feeling increasingly alienated from the
Islamist organization that shaped their political beliefs and influenced
their behavior for most of their lives.
“We are not in agreement with all
of the principles adopted by the older members of the group,” Lotfy
acknowledged recently. “Our motives are different ... we have Egypt’s
best interests at heart.”
Prior to the mass protests that
swept across Egypt this year, it was rare to hear a younger member of
the Muslim Brotherhood openly criticize the group’s elders. Lotfy’s
statements suggest a possible split in the ranks of Egypt’s most
organized political movement.
Lotfy and at least 20 other young
members of the Muslim Brotherhood have teamed up with other young
activists espousing different ideologies to launch their own political
Trend,” a move that
risks their expulsion from the Islamist bloc.
The Brotherhood secretary general
has said that any Muslim Brotherhood members who join competing
political parties will be penalized. “Members of the Brotherhood are
banned from joining any party except the Brotherhood’s own Justice and
Lotfy said he regrets the move by
Brotherhood leadership to ostracize him and insisted that the new party
he has helped to establish will work toward fulfilling the goals of the
revolution. Among its priorities will be ending corruption and social
injustice, eradicating poverty and increasing civil liberties -demands
made by opposition activists during 18 days of protest in Tahrir Square
RIOTS AND CLASHES CONTINUE
JULY 24/11. Cairo has been rocked
again this weekend by attacks on protestors who are demanding swifter
action by the military. Dozens have been injured as supporters of the
military attacked the protestors, and the military uses tear gas to
calls, the Egyptian Supreme Military Council has announced that the
September vote will be postponed to October or November, to allow more
time for new parties to get established.
PROPHECY: “In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they
will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of YHWH
of Hosts, which He is going to wave over them. The land of Judah will
become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in
dread of it, because of the purpose of YHWH of Hosts which He is
purposing against them.” (Isaiah 19:16-17)
IRAN’S RAPID NUCLEAR PROGRESS
By CAROLINE GLICK
JUNE 17/12. While many
developments in the Middle East are alarming, all of them pale in
comparison to what is happening in Iran.
The Wall Street Journal
editorialists summarized the major developments on this front. First,
the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency released previously
classified sections of its latest report on Iran.
The report says that in the last
six months, Tehran enriched 970 kilos of uranium to reactor-grade
levels, bringing its publicly known stockpile of low enriched uranium to
Iran also has enriched 56.7 kilos
of uranium to the 20% level, from which it is a relatively simple matter
to increase enrichment levels to the
needed to make a nuclear bomb.
Iran has also installed upgraded
centrifuges in its until-recently secret enrichment facility at Qom.
Apparently owing to their
certainty that Iran is an unstoppable nuclear power, the Iranian
Revolutionary Guards let their guard down in a recent issue of their
in-house journal. The magazine published an article describing the day
after Iran performs a nuclear test.
And this month, also, Iran
successfully launched a second spy satellite into space.
The launch indicates that Iran is
acquiring greater prowess in developing intercontinental ballistic
missile capabilities. Such capabilities along with Iran’s nuclear
program and global ambitions constitute a clear and present danger to
Europe and the US.
It is inarguable that the policy
of placing sanctions on Iran, favored by the US and Europe, has failed
to damp-en Iran’s commitment to developing nuclear weapons. It has also
failed to significantly slow Iran’s progress towards the atom bomb.
Obviously, the only possible way to stop Iran from developing nuclear
weapons at this late hour is to attack its nuclear installations.
For years, Israel’s governments
have taken a back seat to Washington on Iran. Since Iran’s nuclear
program was first revealed in 2003, Israel has allowed itself to believe
that the US could be trusted to take the greatest threat to Israel’s
survival off the table. The belief that the US would lead a military
strike against Iran was always based more on blind faith than fact.
What this means is that – as was
the case in May 1967, when the combined Arab armies gathered with the
express purpose of wiping the Jewish state off the map – today again,
Israel is alone at its hour of greatest peril.
IRAN HAS ENOUGH
ENRICHED URANIUM FOR FOUR NUCLEAR BOMBS
JUNE 3/11. By April 2011,
Iran had accumulated a quantity of Uranium-235 that can be enriched in a
short time to 90% (weapons grade); and that could fuel four nuclear
bombs. And now Iran
has attained the level of a “virtual” nuclear weapon state.
UNDERGROUND BALLISTIC MISSILE SILOS
JUNE 28/11. Iran has unveiled
underground ballistic missile silos for the first time, in a warning to
the world of its ability to protect its missiles and secretly store them
in hidden locations throughout the country.
IRAN DEVELOPING BOMBS
THAT CAN ALSO HIT THE U.S.
Elliott Chodoff, an American born
political and military analyst and an IDF reserve major, spoke at the
“Middle East Briefing” session of the sixth CUFI (Christians United for
Israel) national summit in Washington in mid June.
Citing Israeli military
intelligence, Chodoff was quite forthright in his analysis of a possible
attack by Iran. “Israel cannot survive a nuclear attack. You cannot
trust a nuclear deterrent. Israel cannot wipe out Iran’s nuclear
arsenal, but the US can.”
Chodoff added that the Iranian
regime has been developing bombs that have the capability of hitting
cities on the east coast of the US.
- A7 New York
BLAIR: IRAN MUST NOT
TO DEVELOP NUKE PROGRAM
JUNE 21/11. Iran must not be
allowed to develop its nuclear program, Quartet envoy Tony Blair said
during a panel discussion as part of the three-day Israeli Presidential
Conference in Jerusalem.
“If we allow Iran to develop
nuclear capabilities, there will be consequences, therefore we must not
let that happen,” Blair said. - jpost.com
JUNE 15/11. Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev has met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and
other Central Asian and Far East Asian leaders at the
Organization (SCO) summit
held in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana. The SCO, formed in 2001, is
widely seen as a rival to NATO.
Iran has ‘observer’ status in the
SCO, but has requested full member status.
Ahmadinejad was given the floor at
the summit, and delivered a blistering speech against the “slavers and
colonizers” of the West, and called for a
new world order.
“I believe together we can reform the way the world is managed,” he
declared. “We can restore the tranquility of the world.”
He reportedly then addressed the
leaders of Russia and Asia, asking: “Have any of us used an atomic bomb
against the defenceless citizens of any other country?”
Ahmadinejad also met with Chinese
President Hu Jin Tao who claimed that the
between China and Iran helps promote world peace
and “is conducive to improving peace and stability in the region and the
IRAN WOOS U.S.
TROOPS WITHDRAW FROM
JUNE 26/11. Iran is moving to
cement ties with the leaders of three key American allies - Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Iraq - highlighting Tehran’s efforts to take a greater role
in the region as the U.S. military pulls out its troops. - Wall Street
JUNE 22/11. Saudi Prince Turki
al-Faisal warned that Riyadh could seek to supplant (upset) Iran’s oil
exports if the country doesn’t constrain its nuclear program - a move
that could hobble Tehran’s finances.
“Iran is very vulnerable in the
oil sector, and it is there that more could be done to squeeze the
current government,” Prince Turki, a former Saudi ambassador to the US
and UK, told a private gathering of American and British servicemen at
RAF Molesworth airbase outside London.
The “Arab Spring” uprisings are
intensifying the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who face off
across the Persian Gulf and jostle for influence with neighbours from
Syria to Yemen.
It’s a Cold War, fueled by oil and
ideology, between Shi’ite Islamists who rule Iran, and the Sunni Saudi
royal family, each of whom consider themselves leaders of the world’s
The prince is a former head of the
Saudi intelligence agency, and Saudi Arabia’s monarchy often uses Prince
Turki to float ideas concerning the country’s future policies.
Iran’s “meddling and
destabilizing efforts in countries with Shi’ite majorities, such as Iraq
and Bahrain, as well as those countries with significant Shi’ite
communities … must come to an end,”
- The Wall Street
“I saw the ram butting westward,
northward, and southward, and no other beast could stand before
him, and no-one could rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased,
and magnified himself ... The ram which you saw with the two
horns represents the kings of Media and Persia (Iran).” (Daniel
The vision of this prophecy in 551
BC, anticipated the conquest of Babylon by Darius and Cyrus twelve years
later. But the prophecy could be applied to the current president of
Persia, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is butting like a ram in all
PERSECUTION IN IRAN
REMAINS IN CUSTODY DESPITE MAKING BAIL
JULY 7/11. Farshid Fathi was in
solitary confinement for months before he was told that he could be free
on $200,000 bail. With great difficulty, his family came up with the
cash after selling his father-in-law’s home, but when Fathi was ready to
walk out of the prison, the chief interrogator from the Iranian public
prosecutor’s office ordered him back for further questioning.
Using psychological torture,
interrogators eventually forced Fathi to provide a list of all the
individuals he evangelized, as well as any foreign contacts. According
to the Iranian Criminal Code, prisoners awaiting trial are entitled to
choose their own lawyers, but judiciary officials denied Fathi his right
to legal advice.
Last year, in a series of
organized raids, Iranian intelligence agents arrested Fathi along with
hundreds of other Christians and home church members in Tehran and other
cities. The agents informed their families that they were under arrest
for apostasy, promoting Christianity and having contacts with foreign
Like Fathi, many imprisoned for
Christ were placed in solitary confinement where they were subjected to
intense and lengthy interrogations in section 209, the “political wing”
of Evin prison. Fathi is 32 years old; he has a 7-year-old daughter
named Rosana and a toddler named Barbod.
Iran’s continued persecution of
religious minorities violates the principles of the “International
Covenant on Civil and Political rights”; as a signatory to that
covenant, Iran is legally and morally obligated to adhere to its
standards for freedom and civil rights. - Worthy News
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Y’shua. (Matthew 5:10)
SENTENCED TO DEATH
In early July, it was reported
that the case of Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor sentenced to death
for leaving Islam, was being returned to a lower Iranian court. In
recent days it was learned that his lawyer has finally received the
written confirmation of the ruling from the Supreme Court.
According to one source, the
Supreme Court has agreed with the death sentence verdict. However, the
court also found procedural flaws and asked the lower court to
re-examine the case.
The judges are reportedly seeking
clarification as to whether Pastor Youcef was truly a Muslim prior to
becoming a Christian. If Pastor Youcef is determined to have been a
“true” Muslim, and does not recant his Christian faith, the death
sentence will stand. It is also feared that Pastor Youcef could be
executed before the court re-examines the case.
Let’s pray for enduring faith for
Pastor Youcef as he continues to face severe pressure to deny his
Saviour. Pray that officials will repent of their unjust actions and
allow Youcef to be exonerated and released.
Pray that all Iranian Christians
imprisoned for their faith will be sustained by the love and presence of
their Heavenly Father.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; definitely I will help you; I will uphold you
with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
For more about Iranians at
great risk, visit www.persecution.net/iran.htm.
RIYADH WILL BUILD
NUCLEAR WEAPONS IF IRAN GETS THEM
Saudi Prince Turki has strongly
implied that Riyadh would be forced to develop nuclear weapons if
Tehran pushed ahead to develop them. He said Saudi Arabia is preparing
to employ all of its economic, diplomatic and security assets to
confront Tehran’s regional ambitions.
Diplomatic cables obtained by
WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian last year revealed that King
Abdullah, who has ruled Saudi Arabia since 2005, warned Washington in
2008 that if Iran developed nuclear weapons, “everyone in the region
would do the same, including Saudi Arabia.”
LIBYA CAMPAIGN HAS
GIVEN IRAN NUCLEAR FREE REIN
SAY what you will about the wisdom
of NATO’s Libya bombing campaign, but its unintended consequences have
seriously damaged US-led efforts to stymie Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
It has done so in three ways:
1. The Libya operation has
distracted Western diplomacy from the Iran file, despite the fact that
Iran’s nuclear program continues to advance unimpeded.
2. It has driven up Iranian oil
sales and revenues, and crucially ...
3. It has driven down incentives
for Iran to negotiate.
As the latest IAEA report shows,
Iran has accumulated more than four tonnes (4000 kg) of low enriched
uranium (enough for four small nuclear devices); it has successfully
tested military components of nuclear weapons; and it continues to
reduce the ability of IAEA inspectors to monitor its nuclear activities.
Sanctions imposed on Iran were
meant to slow down its nuclear clock. But the Libyan crisis has eased up
economic pressure by causing oil prices to soar. For Iran, this is a
blessing. Iran’s budget is pegged to an $US 81.50 a barrel price tag.
Any oil price above that is a
bonus for Iran. At time of writing, crude was hovering at about $US 114
The disruption of supply from
Libya has had another unintended consequence; the increase of European
oil dependence on Iranian crude.
Simply expecting the Iranian
regime to change its behaviour is doomed to fail. Western leaders should
be looking to change the regime itself.
The West has no option but
to abandon compromise and go after Tehran’s rulers.
– extracts from
an article by Emanuele Ottolenghi. www.thecommentator.com
LIBYA and SYRIA
The uprisings against both regimes
A MESSAGE FOR MAHMOUD
GADHAFI and BASHAR ASSAD
(and for all who are
“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you! You who live in the
clefts of the rock, whose habitat is high and lofty, you who say in your
heart, ‘Who can bring me down to earth?’ Though you exalt yourself
as high as the eagle, and though you make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,” declares YHWH the LORD.”
COURT ISSUES GADHAFI AN ARREST WARRANT
JUNE 28/11. The International
Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Col. Moammar Gadhafi, his son
and Libya’s intelligence director for crimes against humanity,
triggering jubilation in rebel territory and formally marking the Libyan
leader as an outlaw.
Gadhafi has lost control of more
than half of Libya, but he is still hanging in there against the NATO
and rebel assault on his cruel regime. Alas his days are numbered. He
will be brought down.
TURKEY TO “BUTT OUT” OF SYRIA
JULY 25/11. Despite the brutal
crackdown by the Assad government, the protests in Syria have the
Iranian leadership worried. The survival of the Syrian dictator, Bashar
Assad, is essential to the Islamic regime in Tehran because Syria
provides the gateway to Iran’s expansion in the Middle East.
More than 1,500 opponents of the
Assad regime have been killed. Thousands of fearful residents from
northern Syria have taken refuge in Turkey; and Prime Minister Erdogan
has denounced the Syrian slaughter.
One of the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards’ media outlets has sternly warned Turkey against its stance on
Syria, emphasizing that Iran stands squarely with the Assad regime. It
warned that if Turkish officials continue on their present path, serious
issues are sure to follow.
Earlier, Iranian Supreme Leader
Ali Khamenei sent a letter to President Obama warning against any
meddling in Syria. The Iranian officials also warned Turkey in recent
weeks that should Turkey provide assistance to the US in helping the
protesters in Syria, then all US and NATO bases in Turkey will become
targets for the Iranian missiles. - Source: foxnews.com/opinion
HOUSE CHURCH LEADER
A house church leader has been
kidnapped by Muslims in Duhok, Iraq. A young Iraqi girl recently told
contacts that Muslims broke into her home and took her father, Jamal,
away. Pastor Jamal works among the Shabak people -- a people who have
Jewish roots and speak Arabic and Kurdish. It is suspected the militants
targeted him for helping lead many Muslims to Christ.
Several weeks ago, the home of one
of Jamal’s recent converts was sprayed with machine gun fire. Many fear
that the militants, possibly members of al Qaida, will not give Jamal
any option of release, but will immediately kill him.
Throughout Iraq, Christians in
environments of violence continue to face the agonizing choice of
fleeing their homes or remaining in a climate of fear and pressure. Most
Christians have left the country or have been forced to move from their
hometowns due to attacks, and it is estimated that less than half of a
million Christians remain. www.persecution.net/iraq
JUNE 23/11. Barack Obama acted
against the advice of his top military adviser and senior commanders in
choosing a faster, deeper withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has decided to
withdraw 33,000 troops over the next 15 months – just in time to fulfil
his promise (to with- draw troops from Afghanistan) before the
presidential 2012 election.
Joel C. Rosenberg has made this
comment: “President Obama’s plan to precipitously start drawing down US
military forces from Afghanistan before the war against Radical Islamic
jihadists has truly been won -- and doing so against the advice of some
of his field commanders -- is a serious mistake, misguided and
dangerous. The move is a sign of White House fatigue.
It will be perceived by America’s
enemies as weakness. It will embolden the enemy and put more Americans,
Israelis and other Mideast allies of ours at greater risk.
We should be letting Gen. Petraeus
and his team finish the job, and only then bring the troops home.
Certainly Iran’s political and religious leaders are not getting tired
of preparing for their genocidal, apocalyptic war against the
Judeo-Christian West.” - flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com
Taliban Execute Man For Leaving Islam For Jesus Christ
The execution of an Afghan
believer recently was a warning to Afghan Christians of “dire
consequences” as American forces begin to leave Afghanistan
“If US troops are not in
Afghanistan, the Taliban will come to power,” said Obaid S. Christ, an
Afghan Christian exiled to India. “We will have the same situation we
had in the 1990s when the Russians left Afghanistan, when we had civil
war and millions killed.” - Worthy News / July 2011
LANGUISHING IN PRISON
Two Lao pastors arrested for
holding a “secret meeting,” are languishing in prison due to the harsh
conditions. In early January, officials arrested Pastor Wanna along with
10 other believers, for celebrating Christmas without prior approval.
Within days police had released
nine of the detainees. Wanna, however, and another local pastor, Yohan,
Prison authorities have repeatedly
told the men that they will be freed as soon as they sign documents
renouncing their faith. After a recent visit, Wanna’s family members
observed that he had lost weight, contracted an infection and seemed
extremely weak. Both Wanna’s and Yohan’s families are also facing
hardship, as the men were the principal providers for their families.
Several of Wanna’s children have since left school to find work.
Pray that Wanna and Yohan will
continue to draw on the Lord, knowing that He can equip them with the
faith and hope they need to endure their chains. Ask God to comfort and
provide for their families, and pray that the charges against them will
be dropped and that they will be released. Pray that the Word of God
will continue to be declared with clarity, boldness, love and power by
all believers in Laos. - persecution.net/laos.htm
“How blessed is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose
hope is in YHWH his God … YHWH sets
the prisoners free.” (Psalm
CHRISTIANS REMAIN AT RISK
JULY 9/11. Sudan and South Sudan
officially have become separate nations -- a separation in accordance
with a referendum held in January. The partition comes after a long
history of violence and conflict, including two civil wars between the
largely Islamic north and the Christian and animist majority in the
south. Christians, in particular, have endured severe opposition.
Although many people, from
Sudanese Christians to international leaders, have express-ed hope over
the South’s independence, it is clear that the people on both sides of
the new border continue to be at risk of violence and religious freedom
In the months leading up to the
partition, clashes erupted in several areas. Government agents and
Islamic militants looted churches and killed Christians in regions of
South Kordofan state.
There remain concerns that
churches in North Sudan may face further restrictions on their freedom
of worship if the government implements a strict form of Shariah, or
With Christians continuing to flee
to South Sudan, it is also feared that remaining believers in the north
could be especially vulnerable to violence, pressure, and baseless
accusations of defaming Islam.
Pray that Sudanese Christians will
be examples of justice, peace and love as their nation navigates through
this chapter of transition. Pray that the government of Sudan will
listen to the concerns of the international community and recognize the
importance of religious freedom. Pray that Christians in both Sudan and
South Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ knowing Jesus
is the ruler over the kings of the earth. (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation
For more on the trials facing
Sudanese believers, go to www.persecution.net/sudan.htm.
THE PALESTINIAN INITIATIVE
IRAN, the Palestinians, and the
most radical Arab nations are convinced that Israel is soon to be wiped
out. The Jewish state is being surrounded and threatened by hostile and
determined military forces, and scores of nations are seeking to force
it back to indefensible borders.
negotiations have been rendered virtually impossible because of Hamas’
participation in the Palestinian government. Hamas is adamant;
it will not – never
ever - recognise Israel.
Having failed to gain its
objectives, the Palestinian Authority is now seeking to gain statehood
by appealing to the United Nations for recognition next month -
September. This is the big topic right now.
The developing situation is loaded
with big trouble.
The Palestinian demand is a state
based on the 1949 armistice lines, with a capital in East Jerusalem. If
support in the UN
Security Council fails, the
Palestinians will seek a vote in the
where about 116 nations
are expected to support its unilateral independence.
When the motion comes up before
the Security Council, President Obama will feel compelled to veto - as
supporting an anti-Israel resolution would threaten his own chances of
success in the upcoming 2012 presidential elections.
But as Obama wants to avoid being
placed in that delicate position, he has sent envoys to prep both
Netanyahu and Abbas to urge them to participate in closed-door, 3-way
talks without prior conditions, in Washington. Obama has hoped such
talks will put paid to the Palestinian UN initiative.
The White House and European
leaders have been pressing Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly adopt Obama’s
view that Israel’s pre-1967 border should be the basis for future peace
But last minute talks before the
September UN vote now seem a pipe dream. Nevertheless Obama will keep on
pressing for talks, even after the UN vote, hoping they will be kept
afloat well into 2012 so that his “peace initiative” will give his
re-election bid a boost.
Binyamin Netanyahu, although he
refuses to talk with Hamas, says he is willing for new talks with
everything on the table for negotiation.
reports that Mahmoud Abbas is
saying that the UN initiative will not affect peace talks. UN
recognition, he says, will give the Palestinians the status to negotiate
from a position of equality.
Referring to the current deadlock
that has prevented negotiations, Abbas listed borders and security as
the two major sticking points. Above all, however, was the status of
Jerusalem, an issue about which Abbas appeared intractable. “If
Jerusalem will not be the capital of Palestine,” he said, “there will be
no state at all.”
FATAH-HAMAS UNITY GOVERNMENT IN LIMBO
The forming of a new government is
one of the clauses in the unity pact signed by Hamas and Fatah on May
4. However, the talks have reportedly stalled on the issue of who will
be the Prime Minister to head the transitional government.
Abbas has been championing for his
current PM, Salam Fayyad, to continue in the role in the interim
government. Hamas, however, has rejected Fayyad, saying his views are
too “moderate.” Earlier, Hamas proposed the current PM in Gaza, Ismail
Haniyeh for the position.
Haniyeh himself said: “This is a
sign of the seriousness of the discussions on the make-up of the
government and who will head it.”
Later, Haniyeh confirmed that
Hamas’ preferred candidate for the prime minister post was Jamal al-Khudari,
a prominent businessman from the Gaza Strip.
Recent reports suggested that
Abbas himself would hold the post of Prime Minister, and that Fayyad and
Haniyeh would be his deputies, with Fayyad also assuming the role of
Minister of Finance. PA officials previously announced the transitional
government would be made up entirely of independent figures.
Israeli analysts have been highly
skeptical of a Fatah-Hamas unity government’s long term viability,
saying the divisions between the rival factions may prove too stark to
JUNE 23/11. A PA official claimed
that Hamas is sabotaging reconciliation at the behest of the Iranians.
On the other hand, Hamas leaders
say Abbas has succumbed to US-Israeli pressure (to suspend financial aid
to the Palestinians if the agreement is implemented), and that he is
backtracking on the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation agreement which
was announced in Cairo.
The PA, in response, said that
Iran, which supports Hamas financially, has instructed the movement to
pull out of the agreement with Fatah. “Hamas is nothing but a tool in
the hands of Iran,” a PA official said. “There can be no agreement with
a movement that serves the agenda of a regime like Iran, which is a
threat to Arab national security.”
“The honeymoon between Fatah and
Hamas seems to have ended very quickly,” remarked a Fatah official in
Ramallah. “The gap between the two parties remains very wide on most
issues.” - Jerusalem Post
ABBAS SAYS NO TURNING
BACK FROM UNITY EFFORTS
JUNE 24/11. After visiting Turkey
for talks with PM Erdogan, Mahmoud Abbas vowed to press ahead with
efforts for a unity government, as disagreements with Hamas continue to
snag the process.
“We are continuing on the path of
reconciliation and there will be no turning back,” Abbas said. “We will
make all efforts possible until the unity of our nation is achieved and
a transitional government is established,” he told reporters.
On the day Abbas arrived in the
Turkish capital, Hamas leader, Khalid Meshaal was also in Turkey holding
talks with the Foreign Minister on ways to overcome
disagreements with Fatah.
Turkey informed Abbas that Hamas
adamantly refused to accept Fayyad’s reappointment as PM. But that Hamas
would accept “any other official the president proposes, just not Salam
Turkey has sought to mediate in
efforts to reconcile Fatah and Hamas, and Erdogan offered “all support”
to secure Palestinian unity. He also promised to “resolutely” support a
Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations. –AFP/
TURKEY THREATENS HARDER
LINE ON ISRAEL
In June there seemed to be a thaw
in the cold Israel- Turkey relations. Secret talks going on with
American encouragement in an attempt to restore normal relations.
And Netanyahu sent a
congratulatory message to Erdogan on his recent re-election, and was
quoted as saying: “My government will be happy to work with the new
Turkish government on finding a resolution to all outstanding issues
between our countries.”
But Turkey has demanded that
Israel apologise for the deadly raid on the Marmara flotilla last year.
The Israeli government has to date
failed to either say sorry or compensate families of the nine activists
who were killed in May last year in the commando raid on the Mavi
Marmara, a Turkish-owned ferry.
If Israel fails to apologise,
Turkey threatens to resort to Plan B, which could include bringing legal
action against the Israeli commandos who took part in the raid;
downgrading relations with Israel; taking a strong pro-Palestinian
stance, and voting against Israel in the UN.
Israeli Infrastructures Minister
Uzi Landau rejected outright the Turkish demand that Israel apologize
for killing nine Turkish citizens in the 2010 incident. “If anyone
should apologize, it’s Turkey for standing behind the provocative
flotilla,” he said. “It’s Turkey that needs to explain its connections
with Hamas and other extremist Muslim groups. It’s Turkey that needs to
explain its policy, not only to us but to the entire world.
“Enough with these Israeli
apologies,” added Landau. “If we apologize we will be presented as the
ones responsible for what happened and we will be humiliated.”
MUSLIM STATES CALL ON
RECOGNIZE QUARTET TERMS
JUNE 20/11. The Parliamentary
Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) called on Hamas to accept the
Quartet’s three conditions for recognizing the Islamist movement –
renunciation of violence,
recognition of Israel
and acceptance of the agreements signed in the past by Israel and the
Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Majallie
Whbee (Kadima) said that all of the countries attending the meeting in
Croatia, including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, as well as the
Palestinian Authority, voted in favor of the resolution. The assembly,
which has 23 member-states and aims to foster cooperation among
Mediterranean countries, also called for a return to Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations and an end to the conflict.
But Hamas remain resolute
HAMAS LEADER CALLS FOR
PRAYER FOR AN END TO ISRAEL
MAY 16/11. Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh
spoke to Muslim worshipers, telling them to pray for an end to Israel.
“Palestinians mark the Nakba Day with great hope of bringing to an end
the Zionist project in Palestine,” Haniyeh told 10,000 people at Gaza
City’s al-Omari mosque. - AP
HAMAS LOOKS FORWARD
TO “THE GREAT MASSACRE” OF JEWS
Hamas’ foreign minister Mahmoud
Zahar said, “As a matter of principle, Hamas will never relinquish a
single inch of the Palestinian land.” “In just a few years, all the
Zionists and the settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine
was for the purpose of the great massacre, by means of which Allah wants
to relieve humanity of their evil.”
Zahar has used a recent interview
to clarify the ideological difference between the Gaza-based Islamist
party, and Fatah. According to the translation from Memri, Zahar
stated during his 23 June appearance on the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa
“The difference between [Hamas and
Fatah] is that
will not give up a single inch. We
say that we should establish a state on any piece of the land, but
without relinquishing a single inch. That’s it, in a nutshell. That’s
the difference between us and them.
“They want to establish a state
within the 1967 borders, with certain land swaps, and to forget about
78% of the Palestinian land of the past. We say that we should establish
a state on any piece of the land – not necessarily [just the entire]
1967 territories, but any inch of land – but
without giving up a single
inch of the land.”
The clear message is that, while
Fatah might be willing to accept two states as a resolution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas would only ever view the
establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as an interim
solution – the claim to
the whole of Israel
would continue. - From The Wire / June 30/11
THE RAFAH GAZA
In May, Egypt opened the Rafah
crossing into Gaza. This led to Israeli concerns that the crossing will
be exploited by terrorists seeking to smuggle weapons into Gaza, along
with continued activity through the smuggling tunnels. After opening the
border, Egypt caught two arms smugglers, despite its touted ‘security
Four days after the much-heralded
opening of the Rafah crossing, Cairo virtually shut it down again in
response to a US warning that since the crossing’s opening, Palestinian
and al Qaeda terrorists had been roaming at large across Sinai,
exposing the Suez Canal to
attack. Hamas was furious at the closure.
An Israeli defense official, Amos
Gilead, visited Cairo to discuss security coordination with Egyptian
officials, including intelligence minister Murad Muwafi, who briefed him
on the new security
measures at the Rafah
And so the Rafah crossing was
Gaza has abundant supplies, and
recently a huge modern supermarket was opened. Gaza is much more
prosperous than the West Bank, and many Arab cities.
Hamas has smuggled in a huge
number of missiles and weapons. But it would like the Gaza coast to be
open to shipping, so that any amount of heavy weapons could be brought
in. The coast is still blockaded.
LIBYAN ARMS FLOW TO
Israeli defence experts are
concerned that a ‘large quantity’ of weapons has flowed from Libyan
strongman Muammar Qaddafi’s arsenal to terrorist arms dealers, due to a
loosening of the dictator’s grip on his government.
The defence experts believe
hundreds of 120-122mm Grad missiles, which can reach ranges of 60-70
miles are now in Hamas hands. Such missiles could easily threaten Ber
Sheva, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.
It is also believed shorter-range
60 mm rockets, and stores of guns and ammunition, were smuggled from
Libya to Gaza. In addition, Israel now believes surplus Russian
anti-tank missiles from Libyan stores may be smuggled to Hamas from
THE QUARTET - *U.S. *U.N. *EU *RUSSIA
ASHTON’S MIDDLE EAST
EU foreign affairs chief,
Catherine Ashton, launched a bold initiative to avert a potentially
explosive dispute at the UN in September. She said the Quartet should
hold a high-level meeting before the summer which spells out that Israel
must pull back to
its 1967 borders,
in return for security guarantees
from the Palestinians.
The move was designed to give
“Palestine” an incentive to put aside its plans to seek full UN
recognition in September - a move which could split the EU into
pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian camps, and also damage EU-US relations.
In July, the Quartet met in
Washington, and came to a dead end. No statement was made except for,
“more work is needed!”
Earlier, the Middle East Quartet
issued a statement in support of President Obama’s vision of
Israeli-Palestinian peace. The European Union had already
agreed with Obama’s
proposal of Israel retreating to its pre-6-day-war borders.
Catherine Ashton, the High
Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said
she would “warmly welcome” Israel’s return to the 1967 borders.
According to the statement issued
by the Quartet -“moving forward on the basis of territory and
security” is the foundation for solving the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. Russia also confirmed its support of Israel’s reverting to its
“EAST JERUSALEM SHOULD BE
JUNE 15/11. In a speech before the
Israel’s Knesset, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said he
backs Obama’s peace plan, and that negotiations are the ‘only
solution.’ “The European Parliament supports the creation of a
Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with agreed land swaps,” he
But in Ramallah, he said the
European parliament opposed Palestinian plans to seek UN recognition in
September of their state in the West Bank and Gaza, without negotiating
this with Israel.
Germany and Italy joined the US to
pressure the Palestinians to put off the UN vote, and Israel to take
steps that would help persuade them to do so.
“Israel has a fundamental right to
exist,” Buzek said, but he backed the Palestinians on the issue of
Jerusalem, explicitly saying East Jerusalem should become the capital of
their state. – www.haaretz.com
NETANYAHU REJECTS 1967
Israeli PM, Binyamin Netanyahu,
has rejected Obama’s proposition that Israel revert to its 1967
boundaries, saying this would make his country indefensible.
Speaking directly on the real
issue - the UN resolution - Netanyahu pointed out that UN support for
unilateral independence for “Palestine,” would be counter-productive.
“First, it would violate the
agreements between the Palestinians and Israel, but it would also harden
the Palestinian position because if the UN General Assembly adopts the
Palestinian positions in advance of negotiations,
why should they negotiate?”
Netanyahu said. “Peace will only come from negotiations. It will be a
negotiated peace. It cannot be imposed from the outside, not by any
power and certainly not by one-sided UN resolutions.”
“OSLO ACCORD VOID IF PA
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman told Catherine Ashton that a Unilateral Declaration of
Statehood (UDS) by the Palestinian Authority, would nullify the 1993
Oslo Accords, which stipulate a bilateral framework and proscribe
unilateral moves, and serve as the basis for economic, infrastructure,
and security cooperation between Israel and the PA.
“A move like that (UDS) will be a
violation of all the agreements that were signed until today. Israel
will no longer be committed to the agreements signed with the
Palestinians in the past 18 years,” Lieberman said.
The nullification of the Oslo
Accords would, in all likelihood, render
a PA state unviable and
ultimately force Israel to assert jurisdiction in areas currently
administered by the PA
In May, Obama declared,
“Israel should not be
expected to enter into peace talks right now.
Israel could not be expected to negotiate with Hamas if it did not even
recognize Israel’s right to exist.”
Later Obama said, “We will
continue to demand
that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace, including
recognizing Israel’s right to exist and rejecting violence and adhering
to all existing agreements.”
Now the Obama Administration
appears to be pressuring Israel to sit down with people who
hold to past agreements and recognize Israel’s right to exist. The
President is in fact handing the Palestinians
a huge gift
by making the 1967
borders the beginning ground for negotiations on the weak argument that
it’s necessary in order to stop the UN from declaring a Palestinian
state this fall. - Chuck Missler
JOHN BOLTON TAKES ON
UN, AND OBAMA
JULY 21/11. Former US Ambassador
to the United Nations, John Bolton, urged American citizens this week to
“take back the government and assert leadership.”
Speaking at the 6th annual
Christians United for
(CUFI) national summit in
Washington DC, Bolton said, “the most powerful force on earth is not
nuclear weapons, but
an aroused American
Bolton had strong words for the UN
in a broad-based foreign policy speech on the September General Assembly
vote, in which the Palestinian Authority will ask the membership to
approve its establishment as an independent nation.
“This effort is an attack on
Israel’s legitimacy,” said Bolton adding that it comes as no surprise
because, “for the last two and half years, President Obama has been
negotiating on behalf of the Palestinians.”
Supporting Israel’s right to live
in “peace and security,” Bolton said that the solution to the seemingly
intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved by the
“parties of conflict” and not by the machinations of the UN. He called
on the US Congress to “pass a law taking the wind out of the Palestinian
Bolton also urged Congress to “get
Obama to be an honest broker in Middle East peace negotiations and get
his foot off the pedal of the Palestinians.”
Bolton told his audience of more
than 600 that the intended vote reflects a repudiation of U.S. foreign
policy and is direct contravention of UN resolutions 242 and 338.
Bolton recommended the US warn the
European Union that if the EU decides to adopt this “profoundly wrong”
resolution, the U.S. will yank its funding for the UN.
In 1988, former Secretary of State
James Baker threatened to cut funds to any UN agency that funded the
PLO, Bolton added. - Arutz Sheva / July 22/11
Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the
same CUFI summit via video link. Drawing the largest applause was in
response to his reference to the biblical connection of the Jewish
people to their ancestral homeland.
“The Jewish people are
in the land of Israel,” he said.
“We have returned to the
land of our forebears;
Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon and
we are here to stay.”
Speaking of Israel as America’s
only reliable ally in the Middle East, Netanyahu
underscored Israel’s initiatives
at the peace table. “This conflict is not about Israel refusing
to accept a Palestinian state. Israel wants peace with the Palestinians,
but we can’t build a peace based on lies.”
ON FOREIGN POLICY ON
JUNE 15/11. In his policy speech
at the State Department on May 19, President Obama said, “We believe the
borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with
mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are
established for both states.”
Several US senators have decided
to challenge President Barack Obama’s policy towards Israel by
introducing a resolution that opposes any Israeli withdrawal to the
indefensible 1949 armistice lines.
The resolution was introduced by
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and independent Senator Joe Lieberman.
“It is contrary to US policy and our national security, to have the
borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4,
1967,” the resolution states.
The resolution then mentions the
UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967 which recognized Israel’s
“right to live in peace within secure and recognized
boundaries free from
threats or acts of force,”
and acknowledges that “the US has long recognized that a return to the
1967 lines would create a strategic military vulnerability for Israel
and greatly impede its sovereign right to defend its borders.”
Republican Party members were
quick to criticize Obama for his statements. Mitt Romney (a friend of
Israel who recently declared his candidacy for president in 2012) said
Obama had “thrown Israel under the bus” and “disrespected Israel and
undermined its ability to negotiate peace. He has also violated a first
principle of American foreign policy, which is to
stand firm by our
- Arutz Sheva
US CONGRESS OPPOSES
PA STATEHOOD BID
US House of
Representatives voted 407-6
to pass a non-binding resolution, backing the suspension of funds to the
should it pursue its bid
for a unilateral declaration of statehood by the United Nations in
The resolution comes a week after
the US Senate
unanimously approved a
The House resolution also calls
for the Obama administration to consider suspending aid to the PA in
light of its unity deal with Hamas terror organization. The resolution
is non-binding because, constitutionally, foreign policy is the purview
of the President.
“US CAN STOP INITIATIVE
BY HALTING FUNDS FOR UN”
The UN is slated to discuss in
September the Arab League motion to recognize the Palestinian Authority
with borders based on the temporary 1949 Armistice Lines that defined
John Bolton, former American
Ambassador to the UN, noted that although UN recognition of the PA does
not mean it would have membership in the UN, “It would nonetheless be a
major Palestinian success.”
Writing in The Wall Street
Journal in June, Bolton said a Congressional law that would stop
funding for the UN if it recognizes the Palestinian Authority as a state
would stop the plan in its tracks. However, he dismissed the
possibility that US President Barack Obama would take such action on his
As far back as 1988, the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO) issued a “declaration of statehood” and
changed the name of its observer delegation to the United Nations from
the PLO to Palestine.
He noted that at the time,
Secretary of State James Baker warned publicly, “I will recommend to the
President that the US make no further contributions, voluntary or
assessed, to any international organization which makes any changes in
the PLO’s status as an observer organization.”
Mr Bolton said, the US Congress
“has a rich history of dealing with UN actions it doesn’t appreciate.
Rather than wait for a Baker-like threat, Congress should legislate
broadly that any UN action that purports to acknowledge or authorize
(unilateral) Palestinian statehood will result in a cutoff of all US
contributions to the offending agency. Reducing US funding would
present the UN membership with a fascinating question: Would they rather
recognize Palestinian statehood, or keep America’s money?
CALL TO CUT US FUNDING
IF IT APPROVES PA STATE
JUNE 9/11. Congressman Steve
Chabot, the chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Middle East
subcommittee has introduced a non-binding resolution in the US House of
to cut US funding to the
UN if it unilaterally
approves a PA state.
Chabot’s measure has not yet
garnered co-sponsors, but Chabot says he expects a “significant number”
of his colleagues to support it when Congress returns to session next
Jonathan S. Tobin, editor of Commentary
Magazine, wrote this week a strong endorsement of the resolution –
but added that it should be merely “the first shot” fired in the
struggle to ensure that the UN does not approve the controversial PA
“Congress should also be focusing
on the fact that by signing a unity pact with the Hamas terrorists, the
Palestinian Authority has rendered itself ineligible for the hundreds of
millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars that it continues to receive.”
WAR MAY FOLLOW VOTE
ON PALESTINIAN STATE
Israel is preparing for
The belief is that once the UN
vote on a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state with East
Jerusalem as its capital city takes place, war will break out. Israel is
preparing to be attacked by its neighbours — not only the Palestinian
terrorists of Hamas and Fatah, but also by Hizb’ollah armed and funded
by Syria and Lebanon, and perhaps even by troops from Egypt, Syria,
Lebanon and Iran as well.
Support expressed by the Arab
League for UN recognition of Palestine poses a grave risk because of the
leverage of the oil
nations over Europe.
Europe imports most of its
oil, and the vast oil wealth of the Arab Gulf states is coveted by the
EU to help them survive their current financial crisis.
The threat Israel faces
is not just a meaningless UN vote; it is
a life and death struggle
... and Israel’s enemies
are focused and fully committed to their evil plan.
“O God, do not keep silent! Do not be quiet, and do not be still, O God!
For look, Your enemies are roaring; and those who hate You have raised
their heads. They craftily plot against Your people, and conspire
against Your hidden, treasured ones.
“They have said, ‘Come, and let us destroy
them as a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered
no more.’ For they have conspired together with one mind; they make a
pact against You.” (Psalm 83:1-5)
MARCH TO BACK U.N. BID
JULY 20/11. Jailed terrorist
leader calls on Palestinians “to go out in a peaceful,
during the week of voting
RAMALLAH. Jailed Tanzim-Fatah
leader Marwan Barghouti has called on Palestinians to stage mass rallies
in support of the diplomatic bid to gain UN membership for a Palestinian
Barghouti, a figure widely
respected among many Palestinians, said taking the statehood quest to
the United Nations was part of a new strategy that would open the door
to “peaceful, popular resistance.”
“I call on our people in the
homeland and in the diaspora to go out in a peaceful, million-man march
during the week of voting in the UN in September,” Barghouti said in a
statement written from his jail cell in Israel.
Barghouti is serving
five life terms in prison
for his role in terrorist attacks on Israelis during the second intifada.
He is also thought to be the mastermind of the first intifada. -
ISRAEL’S UN AMBASSADOR
TELLS AMERICAN JEWS:
JUNE 20/11. Israel’s new
ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, urged Jewish American leaders to form
a clear and operational plan ahead of the UN’s vote in September
regarding unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.
Prosor said that talk was not
enough at such a crucial time, and that the US Jewish community must
prepare a clear operational plan to stop the upcoming UN vote.
He urged the Jewish leaders to
work together despite their differences ahead of the UN vote.
Prosor also said that regardless
of the outcome of the UN vote, a Palestinian state will not be created
and added that the UN is not authorized to dictate borders between
He stressed that a unilateral
recognition of a Palestinian state will bring about another cycle of
violence that will only lead to another dead end.
“The mission regarding the
unilateral declaration is one great challenge, but I believe the chances
of the declaration to succeed are actually very small. It will only
bring things back and take nothing forward. Unilateral moves are not
constructive,” he said.
IDF PREPARING IN
ANTICIPATION OF SEPTEMBER UN VOTE
As the Palestinians
move forward with their plans to unilaterally declare statehood, the
army has decided to procure new non-lethal weapons that will help
disperse large demonstrations and marches that
could break out in the West Bank and along Israel’s borders in the
The new equipment is in addition
to other riot gear the IDF has purchased ahead of September including
tear gas, rubber bullets and protective equipment.
The military is also buying new
technological systems such as the “Scream,” a device that emits
penetrating bursts of sound that leave rioters dizzy and nauseated, as
well as the “Skunk Bomb,” which contains a foul-smelling liquid
to be sprayed on rioters.
“The possibility of large
demonstrations after September is at the forefront of the military’s
activities these days,” one officer said this week. “The entire military
is focused on it.”
TO SET STAGE FOR WAR
According to a report by leading
Israeli analyst Pinhas Inbari, the Palestinian Authority plans to use
international backing to legitimize
a new conflict
The Jerusalem Center for Public
Affairs also asserted that the PA, in cooperation with Hamas, hopes that
a UN resolution for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
would set the stage for war with Israel in late 2011 - a
“What the Palestinians really
envisage after September is to exploit a UN endorsement of statehood to
legitimize an escalation of the conflict,” said the report entitled,
“What Are the Palestinians Planning after September?”
“After having the 1967 lines
recognized so as to negate the results of the Six-Day War, they plan to
seek recognition of the 1947 partition lines.”
Inbari, a senior policy analyst at
the Jerusalem Center, said the PA was preparing for a renewal of
hostilities with Israel around September, when the UN considers a
resolution for Palestinian statehood. One scenario was that PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas resigns and the PA dissolves to pave the way for an
“The Palestinians do not want to
declare a state, but, rather, to leave the conflict open,” the report
said. “What the Palestinians plan to do then is not to exercise
statehood but to declare themselves a ‘state under occupation’ in order
to legitimize the escalation of the struggle.”
The report quoted Fatah leader
Hatem Abdul Khader as saying that Abbas was prepared to resign should
Israel refuse to allow a Palestinian state in the West Bank and
Jerusalem in 2011. Abdul Khader said Abbas’s replacement would abolish
all agreements with Israel and “lead the Palestinians back to the
Amidst all the bad news, there is
one good report …
WITNESSING HISTORY IN
PEOPLE RESPOND TO Y’SHUA IN TEL AVIV
Over 700 people attended a 2-day
conference. Most of them non-believers and many of the guests at the
conference were an older generation, holocaust survivors and many other
Israelis. For most of them it was the first time they had ever heard the
gospel of a Jewish Messiah preached to them. Their response was
On the first night more than 300
people responded to the altar call, coming forward to receive Yeshua as
their Messiah! The second night 200 people also gave their lives to
Yeshua. It has exceeded all our expectations! We have never seen such a
large number of people in Israel responding like this to the message of
“This is what the Sovereign YHWH says: ‘My people, I am going to open
your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the
land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the YHWH, when
I open your graves and bring you up from them.
I will put my Spirit in you and you will live...”
PRAISE THE LORD!
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